In the 2024 Paris summer Olympics there could feature gaming competitions. The co-president of the Paris Olympic bid committee told associated press that there are discussions that are going to be held with people in the competitive gaming scene and the international Olympic committee to discuss the idea of gamer’s being able to compete for an Olympic gold medal.
Tony Estanguet, the co-president of France’s bid committee, told the AP that the gaming community should have the chance to be part of the discussion.
“We have to look at it because we can’t say, ‘It’s not us. It’s not about Olympics,’” Estanguet said. “The youth, yes they are interested in eSport and this kind of thing. Let’s look at it. Let’s meet them. Let’s try if we can find some bridges.
In 2019 a list of evens for the 2024 games in Paris will begin to take form. But the official list of sports is to be announced after the 2020 games in Tokyo.
Former Blizzard chief creative officer Rob Pardo had this to say. “I think the way that you look at eSports is that it’s a very competitive skillset and you look at these professional gamers and the reflexes are lightning quick and they’re having to make very quick decisions on the fly,” he said. “When you look at their ‘actions per minute’, they’re clearing over 300.”
While we still don’t know for sure if Paris will be the host of the 2024 summer Olympics, they definitely have a good chance of it.